Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific announced a partnership yesterday that will go beyond mere codesharing.
Here is how Lufthansa describes the new partnership:
- Cathay Pacific Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines, sign code-share and frequent flyer agreement
- Shared flights will mean numerous benefits for passengers
- Connecting flights via Hong Kong to Australia and New Zealand under same flight number in future
What routes will the Lufthansa / Cathay Pacific Partnership Include?
- Austrian, Lufthansa, and SWISS passengers traveling from Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, and Zurich can connect to Australia or New Zealand on Cathay Pacific codeshares (Auckland, Cairns, Melbourne, Sydney)
- Cathay Pacific passengers can connect on Austrian, Lufthansa or SWISS codeshares to 14 European destinations from Vienna, Frankfurt, and Zurich:
- Austrian Airlines
Between Vienna and:
Between Frankfurt and:
Between Zurich and:
- Austrian Airlines
You can read statements from the Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa CEO here. Longhaul routes between Europe and Hong Kong are not part of this codeshare agreement.
Reciprocal Frequent Flyer Benefits: Earn and Redeem Miles on Codeshares
Cathay Pacific’s press release details the reciprocal frequent flyer benefits that will come:
Today’s co-operation agreement also extends to both airlines’ frequent flyer programmes. Passengers who are members of Cathay Pacific’s travel and lifestyle rewards programme, Asia Miles and Lufthansa Group’s loyalty programme, Miles and More, will be eligible to earn and redeem miles when travelling on the above codeshare routes. Members of Cathay Pacific’s loyalty programme, Marco Polo Club, can also earn Club Points when travelling on codeshare flights marketed by Cathay Pacific and operated by Lufthansa Group.
Thus, it appears members of each program will be able to earn and redeem points on codeshare routes only. Still, this opens up great Cathay Pacific award space to Miles & More members. Marco Polo Club members will also have a much easier time connecting in Europe, no longer having to connect in Helsinki, Madrid, or London on oneworld partners.
I’ll analyze this news in the context of alliances later today. I do agree with Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr’s statement that this agreement “strengthens our global network of strategic partnerships and further improves our airlines’ offering on Asian routes in the interest of our passengers.”